an update for the week of october 17, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Is More and Faster Work Better Work?: We all want to figure out how to do more work in less time. Why is that? In days past, it meant you were a more valuable employee, and could expect more wages and advancement. Now, it may mean that you want to spend more time with your family, or have room for a social life, hobbies, or community involvement. Or, you may not have a choice if you want to keep your job, as many companies are laying off workers and expecting those who remain to work harder. New research is likely to result in even more efficiency, but to what end?
this week in the courts
Benn v. First Judicial Dist.  (Third Circuit; No. 01-3769, 01-4012)
Decision Date: October 12, 2005
The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania is an instrumentality of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is entitled to immunity under the Eleventh Amendment from a suit for damages brought by a former employee pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
O'Connor v. Pierson  (Second Circuit; No. 04-0224)
Decision Date: October 12, 2005
Dismissal of plaintiff's substantive due process claim, alleging that defendant-employer violated his privacy rights by insisting that he sign a broad medical-records release form, is reversed to determine whether defendant's actions were conscience-shocking.
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